First-half run sinks Janesville Parker
The Cardinals (12-6, 8-6) raced to a 9-0 run in the last 2 minutes, 29 seconds of the first half to turn a 25-25 tie into a 34-25 lead, and they went on to a 65-52 victory over Janesville Parker in a Big Eight Conference makeup game.
“They had that crucial 9-0 run. Otherwise, we were even,” said Parker coach Ryan Masterson, whose Vikings (4-14, 1-13) lost an 85-80 thriller to the Cardinals in their first meeting this season.
After the teams literally traded baskets during a 16-15 third quarter this time, Parker junior Creed Knutson opened the fourth with a Sam Perkins-like, low-trajectory three-pointer from the right corner that cut the deficit to 49-44.
But then, with an 8-0 flurry, the Cardinals flew away. After junior forward Chris Hawkins went down the heart of the lane for two straight lay-ups, senior guard Michael Boos went left for a lay-in that capped the surge and found Parker down 57-44.
Knowing how rapidly Sun Prairie could strike, Masterson knew his team needed to do more than trade baskets in the third quarter.
“It was frustrating because we’d get some stops but they’d get offensive rebounds,” Masterson said. “We needed those extra opportunities.”
Parker senior Tyler Teubert and Sun Prairie freshman Nick Fuller each scored 17 points to lead all scorers.
Hawkins, who along with Fuller stands 6-4, added 15 for Sun Prairie. Hawkins stretched Parker’s defense when he hit an uncontested three-pointer from right of the top of the key to open the second period and cap a 14-0 run that put the Cardinals up 23-15.
“Those first-half runs were big for us and helped us get up near that 10-point cushion we were able to hold most of the second half,” Sun Prairie coach Jeff Boos said.
“Sun Prairie’s a great team, and they’ve got guys who like to go inside but can also step out and score from the outside,” Masterson said.
Knutson scored 12 points for Parker, and Simonson had 11. Both connected twice from beyond the arc.
Senior guard Cody Simonson hit his first two shots, three-pointers from opposite corners, to give Parker a 6-5 lead and trigger a 7-0 run early in the first quarter.
Teubert worked a textbook pick-and-roll with Jordan Thompson to get a lay-up. Then, Teubert sidearmed a skip pass from the right block to the left corner for Thompson. The senior guard up-faked his man into the air and went to the basket to give Parker a 10-5 lead.
“We haven’t had trouble starting out well,” Masterson said.
Knutson made it 15-9 with a three-pointer from the right corner before the Cards went on their 14-0 run.
After the high-scoring game at Sun Prairie, Masterson praised his team for taking care of the tempo and the ball this time, ultimately making the Cardinals work for the win.
“I thought we were in it until the last couple minutes,” Masterson said. “We had a few looks we couldn’t knock down, but we certainly put pressure on them.”
SUN PRAIRIE 65, PARKER 52
Sun Prairie (65)—Thiel, 1-0-2; Schaffner, 3-1-7; Noskowiak, 4-0-9; Hawkins, 7-0-15; Boos, 4-0-9; Mifflin, 2-0-4; Fuller, 6-3-17. Totals: 27-4-63.
Parker (52)—Husen, 1-1-3; Simonson, 4-1-11; Teubert, 8-1-17; Knutson, 5-0-12; Fiedler, 1-0-2. Totals: 22-3-52.
Sun Prairie 20 14 15 14—65
Janesville Parker 15 10 16 11—52
Three-point goals—Sun Prairie 5 (Fuller 2, Noskowiak, Hawkins, Boos), Parker 5 (Simonson 2, Knutson 2, Thompson). Free throws missed—Sun Prairie 4, Parker 4. Total fouls—Sun Prairie 14, Parker 12.